Many jobs with federal agencies or government contractors require having a security clearance. A security clearance is a designation by the federal government that provides you access to classified information. Unfortunately, you cannot get a security clearance on your own — an organization needs to sponsor you to even be considered for a clearance. Additionally, obtaining a security clearance can be a lengthy and complicated process.
Your online profiles – whether it is CareerQuest, LinkedIn, or both – give others clues about your personality and career path. It is often the first impression to hiring managers looking for specific skill sets to fill open positions.
You have a job interview! Congratulations! After the initial euphoria of receiving the call from your target employer, inevitably, nervousness sets in as you begin to contemplate how to prepare for this next step in the hiring process. Well rest assured, because when you receive a call for an interview it is because the hiring team believes you are qualified for the job. Now, your challenge is to prove that you are the best candidate by answering a variety of challenging questions.
If you are a veteran transitioning into the civilian job market, hiring managers will inevitably ask you about your military experience. Considering less than 10 percent of the U.S. adult population has ever served in the military, the chances are high that you will be connecting with plenty who do not know much about the military, and this can make it difficult to “sell” your previous military experience.
Next Wednesday, March 14, UMUC will host its Spring Virtual Career Fair featuring 62 premier employers. Access a list of these employers and what they are recruiting for here. Recruiters are searching for candidates across a wide variety of career areas and locations, so be sure to study this list carefully so you can best plan your time at the event.
UMUC’s Career Services team recently hosted a Hot Career Tools Webinar to give students and alumni a general overview of the self-service tools housed within UMUC’s CareerQuest. This webinar provided instruction on where to find these tools and how to use them.
Many UMUC students and alumni pursue their degrees to switch careers, yet this can seem like a daunting task. UMUC Career Services recently conducted a webinar on Career Transitioning, which was facilitated both by UMUC staff and Nick Manning ‘16, an alumnus of UMUC’s master’s of cyber policy program, who is currently pursuing a cyber internship so he can change careers after years of being a middle school teacher.
Changing careers can be a difficult and overwhelming process. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American professional now only stays in a role for about four and a half years. Making a career change can feel like you’re navigating an unknown territory – you might be unsure of which path to take or there might be stumbling blocks in your way. In this type of situation, having a mentor with experience in your desired industry could act as a great guide.
Here are the top five reasons to explore a mentorship in 2018:
- Expand your professional network. These days it is just as much about who you know as it is what you know. By connecting with a mentor in your industry, you not only build a new, valuable relationship, but you also get the opportunity to tap into their professional network. You never know who they might introduce you to!
- Learn to think outside the box. Gaining another perspective can be a great tool for enhancing your performance in the workplace. Mentors can help you see something in a new way, which may alter how you approach certain projects or tasks. Thinking outside the box can also help when you are working with others, because it will help you see a variety of perspectives.
- Define and attain long-term goals. Having professional goals is important, but sometimes they are hard to define and even harder to accomplish. Mentors can help you with identifying your professional goals, and they can also help with creating a game plan for achieving them. Having a plan in place helps boost your confidence as you work toward your goals.
- Push past your limits. Everyone can use a cheerleader or advocate when it comes to professional development. Mentors encourage us to challenge ourselves and to keep growing, and they remind us to never stop working to be better. With a mentor as your guide, you might just surprise yourself with what you are really capable of achieving.
- Hold yourself accountable. Mentors will congratulate you when you do something great, but they will also give you constructive feedback when you need it. Not only will a mentor hold you accountable for reaching your goals, they will also teach you to hold yourself accountable.
Want to learn more about UMUC’s Career Mentor Program? Interested in networking with alumni and current UMUC students? Then join us on January 24 for a chance to attend the LinkUP with UMUC Mentors and Mentee Event, a networking opportunity dedicated to connecting industry experts with future experts!
To learn more about UMUC’s Career Mentor Program, visit CareerQuest today. For additional information on UMUC’s Office of Career Services events and resources, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-684-2720.
The Workforce Recruitment (WRP) Program helps students with disabilities obtain internships within the Federal Government. UMUC will participate in this program again for the 2017-2018 year, and interested students can register until Tuesday, October 17, 2017 to be considered for summer 2018 internships.
After creating an impressive resume, performing well in the interview is the next critical step towards securing your target opportunity. Chances are, you will be asked, “Why should we hire you?” at some point in the hiring process, so it is critical that you consider your answers to questions such as: